School Board News

The FFA Farm Management Team, from left, Megan Schneider, Luke Bader, Matthew Lampkin and Lance Bader.

The school board of the Gasconade County R-I School District met Thursday, Oct. 10 in both regular and executive sessions. 

Members of the Hermann High school FFA National Farm Management Team were present and recognized for their accomplishments. The team recently competed against 45 schools in a regional competition. They will be leaving next week to represent the local Hermann chapter in the national competition in Indianapolis, Ind.

The competition involves testing on bookkeeping, math-based questions, such as how many sq. ft. in an acre, questions on taxes, machinery efficiency and an enterprise budget based on a per acre basis. The team has been preparing for the competition three nights a week for the past two months.

In regular session, the board was accepted monthly reports from the administrators and departments. Dr. Smith presented the board with an update on the district's financial status as well as an update on facilities. In the facilities report, the board reviewed the need for work to be done to stop the erosion of the creek along Highway 100. There will be more specifics coming on the plan for this work in the upcoming months.

Dr. Smith updated the board on the progress of the assessment of needs for the strategic plan. Meetings have been scheduled with staff and community for this week. Following these input sessions, Dr. Smith plans to present the board with preliminary information at the Nov. Board meeting.

The district received six proposals from purchasing card providers. Of the six, the field was narrowed to three vendors who have been asked to give a presentation and demonstration of their product. Dr. Smith plans to have a recommendation for the board at the Nov. meeting.

Transportation Director Chip Stutzman presented the board with an addition to the Schwartz Bus Company contract to provide a bus equipped to transport students in wheelchairs. The district does not currently have a bus equipped as such but may consider this option when purchasing the next school bus. The board moved to approve this addendum to the contract.

The board considered policy updates from Mo. School Board Association and approved them as "first read,” except for one policy, JHCD, which will require changes before moving forward. Dr. Smith presented the board with a budget revision which was also approved by the board. The board moved to approve the normal monthly treasurer's reports and bill payments before moving to the executive session.

In closed session, the board accepted the resignation of paraprofessional Katie Cook and approved the addition of Diane Shoemaker and Brandy Howard to the list of substitute teachers.